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Letter: Thank you, Sen. Baldwin

"Protecting and restoring wildlife habitat is needed to protect birds and other wildlife that rely on Wisconsin’s natural spaces to thrive," writes Karin Kozie.

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A pair of hooded mergansers swim in Allouez Bay off of Wisconsin Point Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram
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It is fall migration, a time when hundreds of migratory bird species are flying through Wisconsin and stopping over in our state’s wetlands, forests, grasslands and other natural spaces to make their long journeys south. As our state’s irreplaceable natural resources face threats like climate change, investments in their protection are critical for the survival of birds and other wildlife.

Recently, I joined U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on a bird walk with Audubon Great Lakes in Allouez Bay in Superior where Audubon and community partners are working to restore wetlands to bring back declining bird populations.

As a wildlife biologist, I have spent my career studying wildlife and the conditions they need to thrive. Scientists tell us that North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since the 1970s and that many more are at risk from climate change. Protecting and restoring wildlife habitat is needed to protect birds and other wildlife that rely on Wisconsin’s natural spaces to thrive.

Thank you Sen. Baldwin for championing policies to protect birds and people. Your support of policies like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment to tackle climate change in our nation’s history, will improve water quality and habitat for the benefit of our region’s wildlife, local communities and economies while helping to protect the two-thirds of North American birds at-risk of extinction from climate change.

Karin Kozie,
Chequamegon Audubon Society member
Washburn

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